Bomb squad blows up explosive found under Pa. lot
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - June 16, 2011 (WPVI) -- Explosives experts say an explosive found under the parking lot of an eastern Pennsylvania shopping plaza may have been there for decades.
Authorities evacuated the shopping center in Northampton County on Wednesday after a construction crew laying drainage pipe discovered the device. A bomb squad safely blew it up about six hours later.
Nancy Run Fire Chief Jamie Hauze said the explosive appeared to be a discarded blasting cap. Fire crews say it may date back to when the shopping center was built in the late 1970s.
A Bethlehem Fire Department bomb technician says the construction crew was fortunate to not accidentally set it off.
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